Spring to Fall Gardening, Elderberries, Natural Ant Control,High Heat Turkey Roasting,Scythe YCH #61

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Today I talk about:

 Elderberries – Many uses, growing conditions, recipies, and propagation.

My elderberries a exploding into dark blue deliciousness.  I talk all about the elderberry plant and leave some links below if you are hungry for more:

http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/elderberry-recipes-zmaz73jazraw.aspx#axzz38iG5LU8c

http://honest-food.net/2012/08/19/elderberry-wine-recipe/

http://www.garden.org/ediblelandscaping/?page=july_elderberry

http://www.fruit.cornell.edu/mfruit/elderberries.html

http://gardenmama.com/article.aspx?aid=310

Do YOU grow elderberries?  Or have YOU ever used them?  I would love to know!

 

My Winemaking Experience and New Ideas

I made some wine in 1997.  I made strawberry and peach wine.  I found 2 bottles in my closet.   I started a new batch now.

I talk about it on the podcast.

Do YOU make wine or have made wine? Tell me about it!

High Heat Turkey Roasting

I have roasted a couple of turkeys this way now and am very pleased with the results.

It kind of goes against everything you may have been taught.  But, the results are delicious.

Add brining to this method and it is even better!

Have YOU tried this?

Natural Ant Control VS Poisoning Pets

So I made my natural ant killer and my beloved Yorkie got it and decided it was a chew toy. I tell you what happened on the podcast.

Here is a link for Natural Ant Control:  http://www.mnn.com/your-home/at-home/blogs/13-natural-remedies-for-the-ant-invasion

How do YOU control ants?

Spring/Summer Garden Coming to An End

A few of my plants are dying out now and others here say their garden is done.  Temps are in the upper 90’s and 100’s with high humidity. Some of the plants are looking as miserable as I feel outside.  What to do when you don’t want the fun to end?

What are YOUR thoughts?

Fall Gardening Plans

The answer to the above question is of course a fall garden.  I talk about some plants good for the south.  Please chime in with your ideas.

http://statebystategardening.com/state.php/newsletters/stories/fall_and_winter_veggie_gardening_in_the_south/

Do YOU have any Fall Garden plants?

What I learned, and Changes I will Make

I give the low down on what I learned this year.

What did YOU learn?

What The Heck Is a Scythe?

I ordered a scythe and am too excited.  Can this old woman swing it?  We shall see!

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mqFl86BOck

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BMI9C672xQ

Do YOU own a scythe?  What are YOUR thoughts on it?

Tumeric, Rooting Willow, Pidgeon Peas, Growing in Pot, No Till VS Till, Fencing Ideas, Many Uses of Cattle Panels, Dealing With Large Snappy Hog YCH#59

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http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/12482-science-confirms-turmeric-as-effective-as-14-drugs.html?c=cure

http://themindunleashed.org/2014/06/science-confirms-turmeric-effective-14-drugs.html

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/07/20/the-truth-about-statin-drugs-revealed.aspx

Pidgeon peas

Rooting Willow

Growing in pots eek!

No till vs till gardens

Many uses of Cattle panels

Fencing Ideas

Dealing with a 350 pound snappy hog

Azolla, Biofertilisers, Homestead Updates YCH#57

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  • I have been doing a lot of reading about bio fertilizers and am very impressed with the many uses of azolla.
  • Azolla is a fresh water fern that is one of the fastest growing plants in the world.
  • Azolla can double it’s biomass in 2 days.
  • It has a symbiotic relationship with a cyanobacterium (blue green algae) called Anabaena.  Oxygen is poisonous to cyanobacteria.  Within it’s leaves cyanobacteria is able to live in an oxygen free environment.  Anabaena in turn sequesters nitrogen from the atmosphere which is then available to Azolla for growth.  It can then live without soil.
  • The oldest fossils are nearly 70 million years old.  This would have been during the time of the dinosaurs. This makes it one of the oldest plants with the longest marriage on earth.
  • Azolla grows in the water and is able to get nitrogen from the air instead of the soil.
  • This means it can produce bio fertilizer, livestock feed, food, biofuel and sequester large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere.

 

 

I discuss this in detail on the podcast.

A lot is going on around here:  the garden is finally getting going.

I talk about what I planted in my garden and some things I am trying out in the fields.

Comfrey as fertilizer.  Compost tea.

Rotational grazing is going very well with the sheep and goats.

We have a new male goat and I can hardly wait for him to breed with the girls.

The goats and their antics (who needs tv)

The baby sheep are growing up fast and still look great.

We are bottle feeding the little ram and how we did it.

Timber rattler and “Guard Pig”.

Ideas an things we have done to get more water to the plants; especially the ones way out there in the fields.

Best way we have found for sprouting seed.  We went from 20 to 30% viability to 90 to 100.

Can 3 year old mushroom spawn still be viable?

Ideas and changes for the podcast.

Book review:  “Remind Yourself”  by Jim Samuels

 

Raising Rabbits, Comfrey, & Homesteading with Rick Worden YCH#56

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Today I interview Rick Worden.

He has a great website over at http://riseandshinerabbitry.com/

We had a conversation about:

Raising rabbits:

The benefits – health and cost effective.

Natural food and herbs for rabbits vs pellets.

The best housing for your climate.

Comfrey as feed for animals and fertilizer for your garden.

Diseases in rabbits and treatments.

And last but not least; recipes.

I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did. And check out

http://riseandshinerabbitry.com/

for lots of great information you can’t find anywhere else!

5 Bog Plants, Food prices, Rosemary, Permaculture Voices YCH#55

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5 More Water Bog Plants:

Water mimosa  (Neptunia oleracea)

Water Mint (Mentha aqautica)

http://paulkirtley.co.uk/2011/water-mint-mentha-aquatica/

Water spinach  (Ipomoea aquatic)

Watercress  (Nasturcium officiale)

Wild rice  (Fritillaria camschatcensis)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fritillaria_camschatcensis

http://www.plant-world-seeds.com/store/view_seed_item/2721?itemname=FRITILLARIA+CAMSCHATCENSIS

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-02-17/15-reasons-why-your-food-prices-are-about-start-soaring

 

Plants for Edible Water Gardens, Spring Fever, Jiaogulan, Beansprouts YCH# 52

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  • Edible Water Gardens Can Be:

  • Natural Ponds
  • Artificial Ponds
  • Aquaponics Systems

Natural ponds have the advantage that you could grow colonies op plants.  Be careful not to introduce non native, invasive species into ponds that can spread to greater waterways. Artificial ponds can be anything from a container that holds a few plants in water, to a kiddie pool, to a larger pond with a liner with different heights and waterfalls.  These could be very easy to set up and easy to maintain. Aquaponics Systems grow fish and plants together. The advantage is the fish feed the fish can be harvested for eating.

Aquatic Plants Grow at Different Depths:

Marginal Plants: Don’t have to be in the water; but like wet soil. Good for the ponds edge.

  • Achira (Canna edulis)
  • Arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia)
  • Belembe, tannier  (Xanthosoma brasilense)
  • Cranebrake bamboo  (Arundinaria gigantean)
  • Chufa  (Cyperus esculentus)
  • Daylily  (Hemerocallis fulva)
  • Fuki ( Petacites japonicaus)
  • Groundnuts  (Apios Americana)
  •  Ostrich Fern  (Matteucia struthiopteris)
  • Ramps  (Allium tricoccum)
  • Skirret  (Sium sisarum)
  • Taro (Colocasia esculenta)
  • Wasabi  (Wasabi japonica)
  • Water celery  (Oenanthe sarmentosa)
  • Water mimosa  (Neptunia oleracea)
  • Water Mint (Mentha aqautica)
  • Water spinach  (Ipomoea aquatic)
  • Watercress  (Nasturcium officiale)
  • Wild rice (fritillaria camshatcenussi)

Emergent Aquatics:  Grow underwater and send leaves up above the surface. For shallow water 3-4 inches deep:

  • Taro   (Colocasia esculenta)
  • Violet stem taro   (Colocasia esculenta)
  • Water chestnut  (Eleocharis dulcis)
  • Licorice flag (Acorus gramineus)  can be grown in bog or shallow water
  • Tsi  (Houttuynia cordata) can be grown in bog or shallow water

For deeper water – 2 ft.

  • Water lotus  (Nelumbo mucifera)
  • Arrowhead  (Saggitaria spp.)
  • Cattails (Typha spp.)
  • Pickerel rush  (Pontederia cordats)

Floating Aquatics: Grow on the surface of the water.  They provide shade and prevent algae from growing.

  • Water mimosa  (Neptunia oleracea)
  • Duckweeds  (Lemma spp.)
  • Water meal  (Wolfia spp.)
  • Asian water meal  (Wolfia globosa)
  • Azola  (Azola spp)

Emergent Floaters:  Grow as floating mats or in partially submerged pots.

  • Water celery  (Oenanthe sarmentosa)
  • Water spinach  (Ipomoea aquatic)
  • Watercress  (Nasturcium officiale)

Submerged Aquatics:  Grow mostly underwater and help prevent algae by using up dissolved nutrients.

  • Coontail (Ceratophyllum demersum)
  • Whorl leaved water milfoil (Myriophyllum verticillanum)
  • Sago pondweed (Stuckenia pectinatus)
  • Eelgrass (Vallisneria Americana)

 

Link for Jiaogulan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5DwcnZ8XYk

Walipini, Organizing, Edible Indoor Plants, Soapmaking YCH#48

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Gale’s Show Notes and Links:

http://money.msn.com/now/post–bacon-costs-rise-as-piglets-pay-the-price

Walipini  http://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/build-underground-greenhouse-garden-year-round.html

http://www.bensoninstitute.org/Publication/Manuals/Walipini.pdf

3 kind of organizers:  Perfectionist, Functionalist, Creative

Could edible plant be used as decorative.  Crazy idea for curtains from plants.

How is it going feeding dogs real food.  What works for me.

Dog Slaw, sweet potato, green beans, eggs, meat in the crock pot, coconut oil.

http://curedmeats.blogspot.com/2008/08/pancetta-easiest-cured-meat-of-all.html

Divinia’s Notes and Links

ORGANIZATON

 

I talk about the Week 4 of “One Year to an Organized Life”

 

FARM UPDATES

 

There hasn’t been much farming going on around Featherly Farm lately

 

I talk about my plans for starting seeds.

 

SOAP

 

Forgot to talk about soap…opps! Oh well, I’ll have something for the WHAT I FORGOT TO TALK ABOUT LAST TIME category on next weeks show.

 

WHAT I ACCOMPLISHED LAST WEEK

 

I learned the first 11 Hebrew letters  and the three vowels pretty good.  I found a video of the Alef Bet Song…a children’s song…that has been really helpful for me:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21-qxk53PvM

 

I have most of the new soap label design completed, and learned how to shrink wrap.

 

Link To Coal/Ash Sifter I made: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jawfvMi32OE&list=HL1390761181&feature=mh_lolz

 

 

PLANS FOR NEXT WEEK

1. Learn the last 11 Hebrew letters and the vowels assigned.

2. Finish soap packaging so I can start making sampler packs and hopefully actually make some.

3. Changed plans on library shelf placement so I can get the 2 other shelf units up and holding books     this week.

4. Install clothes rod and getting my dressing room usable.

5. Do the real work on organizing the kitchen as prescribed in “A Year to an Organized Life”

I’ll be limiting my project lists to 5 projects that I will try to accomplish per week so…The rabbit cages that didn’t get made last week will have to wait…maybe they’ll get on next weeks to do list.

 

We’ve touched on the subject of Fodder Systems recently, and I found this great blogger who share’s her grain sprouting for her chickens experiment with pictures:

 

http://www.workdaychickenpictures.com/workdaychickenpictures/Chickens_And_Gardens_Blog/Entries/2010/12/4_Sprouting_wheat_for_winter_chicken_greens.html

 

http://www.workdaychickenpictures.com/workdaychickenpictures/Chickens_And_Gardens_Blog/Entries/2010/12/18_Update_on_sprouting_wheat.html

 

http://www.workdaychickenpictures.com/workdaychickenpictures/Chickens_And_Gardens_Blog/Entries/2011/1/19_A_feeder_for_the_sprouted_wheat.html

Another link pit type greenhouses with lots of pictures of different examples:

 

http://www.inspirationgreen.com/pit-greenhouses.html

 

 

10 Plants YOU CAN Grow IndoorsYCH #47

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What can you grow indoors for food, spice or medicine.

  1. Most any herb
  2. Peppers -turn into little trees
  3. Curry Leaf Tree
  4. Kaffir Lime
  5. Sprouts
  6. Nine Vegetables
  7. Fruits
  8. Grasses for fodder and juicing
  9. Salad greens
  10. Tomatoes  /www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/winter-tomatoes.aspx

Plant of the Week  Elaeagnus x ebbingei – A Plant for all Reasons

ReNeGaDe PiG!  and moving animals from the flood.

Sheep and goats in search of more food.

More reasons to grow fodder in winter.

Home made Deodorant:

  • 5 TBL (tablespoons/ 15cc = 1 TBL; 5 TBL = 75cc )
  • 1 TBL (15cc) Baking Soda  (can use more if it doesn’t burn you.)
  • 2 TBL (30 cc) Bentonite Clay
  • 5-10 drops essential oil of your pleasing
  • Probiotic of your choice
  • Or apple Cider Vinegar
  • And/or Olive leaf extract
  • 6 TBL (90 cc) Arrowroot Powder
  • Some people use cornstarch instead of arrowroot powder.  But Really?  GMO corn in my pitts.  Eeek!

ORGANIZATION

 

Missed talking about the 2nd week of One Year To An Organized Life.

I go back and run though what I missed talking about last week, before I pick back up on it for this week, week #3

 

FARM UPDATES

 

Soap, soap, and more soap.

 

Started online Biblical Hebrew classes last week. (Which is one of my 13 skills from 13skills.com)

 

Warmer Weather!

 

Bumble Foot Chicken – Dottie’s Progress

 

Sick Chicken – Lil Bit’s Progress

 

Coop Chicken Update

 

Rabbitry Update

Link to bottle attachment I use: http://www.farmandfleet.com/products/601430-pet-lodge-earth-friendly-soda-bottle-waterer.html#.Utw1eftMGHs

 

The fans in the floor vents are working beautifully…posted a video on Featherly Farm’s YouTube channel. Link to video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVJvTo2hiK4,

And put a link on the Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/Featherly-Farm/346056102119326?ref=hl )

…speaking of…

Featherly Farm’s face book page just passed 100 Likes last night!!!  So excited!

 

PLANS FOR NEXT WEEK

 

  1. Learn required letters for Hebrew Class
  2. Design new soap label, Learn how to shrink wrap soap, and begin getting sampler packs made for friends and family.
  3. Assemble, place, and fill two more library book shelves
  4. Install clothing ‘rod’ shelf in my closet.
  5. Begin making new rabbit cages…ha ha ha…as if!  I’ll be lucky to get part way through the #2 on this list!

 

SOAP MAKING

I explain the difference between Super Fatting, and Lye Discount.

 

Saponification according to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saponification

 

WHAT I FORGOT TO TALK ABOUT LAST TIME

 

Why I want to make deodorant as well as soap: This is how we got on the Mammogram subject

 

Great blog post on this topic at:

 

http://www.sustaincreateandflow.com/how-to-make-your-own-deodorant/

 

Where the blogger lists dangers of ingredients in store bought antiperspirant/deodorant, and they post a recipe for a baking soda free deodorant.

 

I have created a new board on my pintrest page: http://www.pinterest.com/doodlefeather/ for recipes such as this:http://www.pinterest.com/doodlefeather/health-beauty-recipes/

Open Flow Floor Registers with added Fan
to me

Both SFing and discounting lye results in unsaponified oils or fats in the soap because in both cases you add more oils than the lye will react with. Unless you are making soap for household cleaning and plan on wearing gloves to use it, you need to add more oils than will be saponified. Standard for body use is 5%. (I’ve noticed that different lye calculators show different lye amounts for the same SF/discount, Soap Calc and Bramble Berry for example).

When you do a lye discount you melt/combine all oils at one time and equal amounts of the oils in the recipe are left unsaponified, meaning they did not get converted to soap and are in the soap as oil…however, some oils naturally have unsaponifiables…like Canola and Grapeseed.

When you superfat, you choose which oils/fats/butters are left unconverted in the soap (save those unsaponifiables in any other oils used in the base). This is where I add my luxury oils like cocoa butter, and shea butter and things like that

LINKS:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Backyard.Meat.Rabbits/

My favorite book on raising rabbits on forage:

And his first book which is a great introduction:

And now a 3rd book on rabbits in colonies.  I will talk about it next week.  I do whole heartedly recommend the first two.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Divinia, Herbs, Mushrooms For Medicine, Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar In Livestock, Ruminants Fed on Pasture Only,YCH #42

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CONTACT DIVINIA divinia.featherly@gmail.com

Link to Paul Staments  The Future is Fungi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cwLviP7KaAc

Who needs Obamacare – try the natural Pharmacy

I buy herbs, but want to grow my own.  There are some companies that sell herbs with nothing in them except fillers or something that isn’t even listed.

This one is an overview of some great medicinal mushrooms and info on killing carpenter ants and termites with mushrooms.  Very interesting!

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/11/05/science/herbal-supplements-are-often-not-what-they-seem.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuHCtRTC8JY

Apple cider vinegar for livestock Health

http://wickslivestock.com/articles-folk-medicine-for-livestock

Paleo Breakfast muffins

Gene Sollock Videos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WZZOiwjXYE

http://intensivegrazing.tamu.edu/publications/sheepandgoats.pdf

http://intensivegrazing.tamu.edu/publications/establishyearroundgrazing.pdf

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What to do with all that venison:

http://honest-food.net/2010/08/15/venison-charcuterie/

Rabbit stew recipe

http://honest-food.net/2012/01/06/greek-rabbit-stew/

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